Saturday, 28 July 2012

The games

The first of my postcards is postmarked Earl's Court and dated 1925 but there is nothing else to identify where this might be.  The pitch looks dangerously close to the building which looks more like a hotel than anything at all like a cricket pavilion.  And yet the pitch looks as though it was regularly used.

Earl's Court will be hosting the volleyball events for the 2012 Olympics, the women's events today, 28 July, and the men's events tomorrow.  In the London Olympics of 1948 it hosted the boxing, weightlifting and wrestling.

The second card is a PHQ card issued by the Post Office in 1980 as part of a series on sport.

Both cards look old fashioned now as the sport has moved on, at least as far as clothing is concerned.

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  1. Excellent! I'll be on the lookout for Earl's Court. I love the Olympics.

  2. As will I! What a stunning building it is! Great post!

  3. This are great! You were right on theme.

    Kathy M.

  4. That looks like a cricket match for boys. Perhaps the building is their school. I've played on several similar grounds - with windows protected with netting.

  5. I know what you mean about old-fashioned. No helmets and face guards in that example!

  6. I like to watch parts of the Olympics, love the postcards

  7. In some ways it is the hair styles in that second card that make it look so old, but the real give-away is 17 pence for a first class stampt : ah the good old days.

  8. Old fashioned perhaps, but prime examples of a tradition. Interesting to see how a certain venue has evolved over time, if it can host volleyball now when it had hosted boxing, wresting and weightlifting previously. I saw some volleyball, (was it yesterday or this morning, I'm confused after so many hours of watching...), and I never figured I'd hear about the place itself on SS.
    Thanx 4 sharing!!

  9. Its an attractive building, with lots of windows to stop a six:-) I've caught some of the volleyball but hadn't realised it was at Earls Court, nice to think it was also used in 1948.


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